Stat of the Day: That's a first

May 16th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Mets this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 16: Rays 7, Mets 1 -- Mazeika's first hit goes the distance
Patrick Mazeika became the first Met to homer for his first career hit since pitcher Jeremy Hefner on May 29, 2012, off the Phillies' Joe Blanton, and the first Mets position player to do it since Jordany Valdespin on May 7, 2012, off Philadelphia's Jonathan Papelbon.

May 15: Rays 12, Mets 5 -- Alonso finds HR swing
Pete Alonso has 75 home runs in 252 career games, becoming the second-fastest player (by games played) to reach that mark in Major League history, trailing Ryan Howard (240 games). Alonso's solo blast in the third inning snapped a streak of 15 consecutive games without a homer, the longest homerless stretch of his career.

May 14: Rays 3, Mets 2 -- Villar finding form
Jonathan Villar has six RBIs in his last eight games. He had three RBIs in his previous 21 games. Villar also has eight walks in his last seven games.

May 12: Mets 7, Orioles 1 -- Harvey cedes seven at Citi
In Matt Harvey's return to Citi Field for the first time since 2018, he allowed seven earned runs -- only the second time he had ever given up that many in Queens, and the first such occasion since June 10, 2015, against the Giants.

May 11: Mets 3, Orioles 2 -- Mazeika makes history
With a walk-off fielder's choice in the win over the Orioles, Patrick Mazeika became the first MLB player in the last 100 years to record multiple walk-off RBIs before his first career hit. Mazeika also became the first player since at least 1920 to have multiple walk-off RBIs in his first four career games, and the first since 1955 to have three RBIs in his career without a hit

May 9: Mets 4, D-backs 2 -- Díaz reaches way back
While locking down his second career save of at least five outs (and his first since 2016), Edwin Díaz hit 101.6 mph on the radar gun. It was the fifth fastest pitch of his career, and his hardest since a Sept. 2017 game against the Rangers.

May 8: Mets 4, D-backs 2 -- Welcome back to the family
After posting a combined 5.09 ERA from 2019-20, Jeurys Familia has rebounded in the early part of '21, producing a 0.93 ERA over his first 11 appearances. He has delivered 10 straight scoreless outings since allowing two runs (one earned) in his first game of the season.

May 7: Mets 5, D-backs 4 (10) -- Rotation has been top-heavy
Although the Mets' overall rotation numbers have been excellent, it's almost entirely due to the standout performances of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker, who have combined for a 1.65 ERA. The three other Mets pitchers to start games (David Peterson, Joey Lucchesi and Miguel Castro) have produced a 7.06 mark.

May 6: Mets 4, Cardinals 1 -- Walker shuts down St. Louis
Following a Jonathan Villar throwing error with no outs in the second inning, Mets starter Taijuan Walker retired the final 18 batters he faced. It marked the longest streak of outs in his career. Walker's previous best was 16 in a row on Sept. 16, 2016.

May 5: Mets 7, Cardinals 2 (Game 2) -- Backups bring the thump
With multiple Mets position players on the injured list, Kevin Pillar, Jonathan Villar and Tomás Nido went a combined 6-for-11 with two home runs and 6 RBIs in Game 2 of the Mets' doubleheader against the Cardinals. The Mets scored eight runs in two games at Busch Stadium, with those three bench players driving home six of them.

May 3: Cardinals 6, Mets 5 -- Lindor still searching for hits
Francisco Lindor's offensive struggles continued in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. His 0-for-21 hitless streak is now the second longest of his career. The longest of his career was during his time with the Indians in 2016, where he endured an 0-for-27 stretch.

May 2: Mets 8, Phillies 7 -- This save sounds Familia
The Mets' long-time closer, Jeurys Familia went to the A's in a midseason trade in 2018. He re-signed with the Mets that offseason, but never regained a shot at the ninth inning, due in part to his own struggles and in part to the Mets' trade for Edwin Díaz. But with Díaz suffering a back injury in the ninth inning in the series finale vs. the Phillies, Familia struck out Bryce Harper for the final out. It was his first save for the Mets in nearly three years. He's third on the franchise's all-time saves list with 124, trailing only John Franco and Armando Benítez.

May 1: Mets 5, Phillies 4 -- Mets' big output in 1st inning
The Mets scored four runs in the first inning on Saturday, matching their largest single-inning output of the season. They previously had scored four runs in the seventh inning of their April 6 game at Philadelphia.